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U.S. Healthcare Delivery Systems in Crises – “Escape Fire” Documentary

  Last Sunday night,  March 10th CNN ran “Escape Fire” a documentary shining a light on the current U.S. health care delivery system and why a new approach is required.  As a resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia home of the east coast Navy SEAL teams and of Navy Special Warfare Development Group plus thousands of Navy veterans, I found the
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Healing with Unconditional Love…and Big Paws

This post was originally posted on February 12, 2012.  It’s worth another shot at the top of my blog list. Helping without judging; breaking up chaos with uncompromising love; unwinding snarls of frustration. Melissa Fay Greene’s in depth account in Sunday’s NYT magazine, of how a service dog named Chancer, connected with a troubled young boy in a way that
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Removing Fear May Lead to Better Health Outcomes

Why do some individuals recover from injury, illness or surgery more quickly than others?  How does the atmosphere of thought – how and what those around the patient communicate with him or her concerning their condition and their recovery contribute to rapid return to health? At a recent conference called “Patients at the Crossroads – Reconciling Patient-Centered Care, Evidence-Based Practice
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Where Does Consciousness Reside?

What happens after I die?  On October 23rd, a book by neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander of Lynchburg Virginia, titled “Proof of Heaven” will give one doctor’s personal experience being conscious while in a medically confirmed coma for seven days. After seven days at the Lynchburg General Hospital in 2008, while “doctors weighed whether to discontinue treatment, my eyes popped open”.  
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Skip the gym – Bond with Batman

The connection between what we think and how our body responds  has once again surfaced in the results of a recent study published this week in  the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and featured in a blog by Jacque Wilson in CNN.com Health. From Wilson’s blog “Researchers with the University at Buffalo asked 98 undergraduate males to rate how much
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The 400# Gorilla in the Room

When it comes to our current health care delivery system in the U.S.,  the 400# gorilla in the room that few are acknowledging, is that treatment costs are out running the ability of government, employers and individuals  to pay for them. There is lots of talk about the cost of Medicare, but the discussion is usually about the level of
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High Tech & High Touch – New Trends in Health Care

Last Friday, Mark Bertolini, the Chairman, President and CEO of Aetna Inc., was on CNBC Squawk Box explaining Aetna’s  innovative approach to dealing with health plan members  who have chronic diseases.   Bertolini said: for those with chronic disease we use “ high tech / high touch”. An example of high tech is blue tooth technology built into a bathroom scale,
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The Olympics; Diversity in Sport, Why not in Treatment for Health?

I returned to the States from London last Friday.   When I tell people that I was at the Olympics for a week they want to know what stood out the most.  One highlight for me was witnessing  the breadth of sport and athletes, from Usain Bolt of Jamaica winning the 100m sprint, to the synchronized swimming team from Israel doing
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Train Your Mind as Well as Your Body

Very few of us will ever compete in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, but all of us who train to compete or train for fitness can learn something from the pros.  Chrissie Wellington, a four- time world triathlon champion, recently joined the Fit Nation team. Fit Nation is a CNN Health blog challenge that has selected seven CNN viewers to
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Reboot

After 16 months of putting up fresh content on my blog, in October, 2011 I was asked to work on a special project that dealt with health insurance.  For many years the public’s access to  spiritual non-medical health care has been eroding as more and more health plans moved to a Managed Care business model.   Although four of the eighteen
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